Drill, Baby…WTF?!?!?!- The New Climate Bill

Posted: May 13, 2010 in Political Commentary, The Blog!

According to an NBC News & Wall Street Journal poll, 60% of Americans support more off shore drilling even after the disaster of the giant oil spill off the coast of Mexico. This is really amazing to me. I understand that I take a very liberal point of view, especially to the “Drill, Baby, Drill” crowd, maybe it’s because I care about the future of the environment that my kids and grandkids will live in. Should I care? We can argue that, but the bottom line is that I do. After seeing the mess that is left in the Gulf of Mexico killing the life that is in the water, on the wetlands and potentially getting into humans water supply I just can’t be one to support more off shore drilling. Taking a realistic point of view, I understand that we need some drilling because so much of the energy we use is depended on that. However, I believe that we need HEAVILY REGULATED and LIMITED off shore drilling, and in the mean time focusing on other sources of energy (wind, solar, rain etc.). By putting our efforts towards more environmentally friendly energy we will not only be limiting the damaged to the earth, but also cut off our dependency on other countries help. In the new Climate Bill that Senator John Kerry & Joe Liberman proposed, they will begin to cut off pollution that is helping cause global warming and reduce oil importants and at the same time create millions of energy related jobs, which in a tough economy is music to many peoples ears. According to the bill, it will “cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020 and by more than 80 percent by 2050”. The best part of the bill however is setting up protections for off shore drilling. In doing this, they would set a price on carbon-dioxide emissions produced by coal-fired power plants and other large polluters and companies and finally start setting people straight. That is not all though, because there a few other points that need to be made that are in the bill. If states are worried about drilling that is occurring within 75 miles of their shores they can opt of it, in addition, if a drilling project is happening near their shores and they prove that an accident can cause significant damage and have lasting effects, they can veto the drill project and attempt to pass a law baning it. Who knows if all of these parts of the bill will make it into the actual bill if and when it gets passed but it is definitely a step in the right direction. I just don’t understand some people who are so for off shore drilling, it’s like they want to take the easy way out. “Just drill, will make quick money and who cares about the environment, it won’t effect me anyway”. A statement like that is something that I just can’t get behind. I care about my environment, whether I will be around long enough to see much difference I don’t know. The earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old. Will some oil, plastic cups and other non recyclable things effect the earth directly? Maybe not right away, and maybe not a whole lot. The earth has gone through so many bad times over the years, the volcanic eruptions and meteor storms that cause the extinction of dinosaurs and other forms of life over 65 million years ago is just one that comes to mind. In closing, regulating oil drilling might not seem like a big deal to some people, maybe for some it’s just to much effort to care, but i’d rather do my best in caring than sitting around and turning the other cheek.

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